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Los Angeles May volumes fall 3.4pc as alliances favour Long Beach

CHANGES in alliance choices in San Pedro Bay favouring Long Beach has been blamed for the 3.4 per cent year-on-year drop in container throughput to 768,804 TEU at the Port of Los Angeles decline in May.

LA is currently called at by 21 overseas services, 14 of which are operated by one of the three major container shipping alliances, according to BlueWater Reporting.

Laden imports boxes in May came to 405,587 TEU, falling 1.8 per cent year on year, while laden exports slipped 0.8 per cent to 168,681 TEU. Empties stood at 194,537 TEU, down 8.9 per cent.

Five months into 2018, overall volumes have decreased 4.4 per cent to 3.59 million TEU compared to 2017, when the port set an all-time cargo record.

"Volumes have softened due to continued shuffling of alliance services in the San Pedro Bay," said LA port executive director Gene Seroka. "The port remains focused on digitising our value chain. Our aim is to introduce the GE Port Optimizer this summer with the support of our liner and terminal partners."

Source: Schednet

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